The 2011-12 season was simply a disaster for the Orlando Magic. A tumultuous 12 months that brought the franchise to its knees saw Dwight Howard depart for Hollywood, GM Otis Smith let go of and head coach Stan Van Gundy fired. The "Dwightmare," as it became known, rocked Orlando.
The Magic now head into the 2012-13 NBA season with a rookie coach, a host of inexperienced new faces and a cast of mediocre veterans. That's not a promising proposition for a small-market team that quickly grew accustomed to victory.
Yet, that daunting task may have been made somewhat easier with an authoritative leader. Unquestionably, the worst decision Orlando made in the Howard saga was firing Stan Van Gundy. While Howard's actions and indecision were out of the Magic's control, Van Gundy's position as head coach could have easily remained exclusive from the drama.
Instead, the Magic front office bowed to the pressure of the situation and disposed of their greatest asset, believing that Howard may choose to remain in Orlando with Van Gundy out of the picture, putting to bed their much speculated rift.
Howard, however, didn't change his stance and finally got the escape he so desired, which has left the Magic without the cornerstones of their recent success.
But, who will Orlando miss more? Howard or Van Gundy?
Here's five reasons why their former grumpy head coach will be missed more.